What should schools do about radicalisation?

Wednesday 1st July, 2015, 5:30-7:00pm

61 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET

Since 2011 there has been an explosion of research and policy on how to deal with violent extremism, yet the problem has not gone away. This event brings together leading experts on the topic to discuss what we have learned about how to deal with radicalisation in schools, colleges and universities, and what else needs to be done.

This event has now taken place.


  • Charles Clarke

    Charles was Labour Member of Parliament for Norwich South, which he remained until May 1997 –...

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  • Linda Woodhead

    Linda is Professor of Sociology of Religion at Lancaster University and Director of the Religion...

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  • Paul Thomas

    Paul Thomas is Professor of Youth and Policy at the  School of Education,University of...

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  • Sarah Marsden

    Dr Sarah Marsden is a Lecturer at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political...

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  • Tom Holland

    Tom Holland is the author of Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic, which won the...

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  • Zehra Jaffer

    Zehra Jaffer is Senior Vice Principal at Skinners’ Academy, Hackney, she has worked  as a senior...

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  • Radicalisation in Schools All Presentations (31.15)

  • Radicalisation in Schools Zehra Jaffer (5.19)

  • Radicalisation in Schools Paul Thomas (6.48)

  • Radicalisation in Schools Sarah Marsden (5.25)

  • Radicalisation in Schools Tom Holland (5.04)

  • Radicalisation in Schools Panel Discussion (15.37)

  • Radicalisation in Schools Audience Q&A (41.19)


2 Responses to What should schools do about radicalisation?

  1. Seb says:

    There is a deep problem as to how religion is taugth in state schools; the RE lesson should be simple: you take teens to the river and say: St. John Baptist used to take people to the river and say “I know you are scared of death; go in the river, my dear crocodiles, and wash your fear” Then these young people would go into river, or just splash their faces, to deal with it. I would then say “Now you know which dinosaur you are; whether you believe in God or not, whether you are an atheist” That sort of RE lesson would help these children deal with their nature, once and for all.

    What happens is, children get mixed messages, leave RE lesson confused not understanding anything; some of them are constanty aroused (they did not deal with their fear of growing old) and they run to “sex educational officer” to get condoms, and a pill after; some other want to “understand God”, because they did not get an answer; they end up in clutches of hate preachers, who instead of saying “do not worry about death, trust Allah” they start shouting “HELL, SIN” to make these children more scared; once they control them by fear, they say do what I say, that is rape, kill, etc” And then they say “after death there will be more women to have sex with”

    As a result, all these children end up outside Eden, instead of within: their heart is run by fear.

    I used to work as a supply teacher (now I quit this rubbish job) and I’ve seen the same problem every school I went to: bad RE lesson, where fear of death and growing old is not dealt with; followed by sight of young boys and girls either rushing to put lots of make up and get lots of condoms, or rushing to jihadi websites to get the answer.

    I have never seen an RE lesson I would be proud of; and that is why politicians need to do something about it

  2. Brian Grim says:

    The Religious Freedom & Business Foundation is planning a London pilot programme to counter radicalisation, with an eye for how the initiative might be useful in school settings. http://religiousfreedomandbusiness.org/empowerment-plus We are interested in the outcomes of this Faith Forum. Please keep us updated. Thank you!

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